Russian experts in S.Korea to review warship sinking incident

08:08, June 01, 2010      

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A team of Russian experts arrived here Monday to review investigation results of the sinking of South Korean warship "Cheonan."

The team met South Korean Defense Minister Kim Tae-young and was later briefed on the outcome of an investigation of the incident made by a joint team comprising civilian and military experts from South Korea, the United States and several other western countries, South Korea's YTN TV reported.

On Tuesday, the Russian team, consisting of submarine and torpedo specialists, will start receiving detailed briefings on the results of the investigation, said the report.

The team will also visit South Korea's 2nd Navy Fleet Command in Pyeongtaek where the wreckage of "Cheonan" is preserved, and inspect the waters near the island of Baekryeong where the warship sank.

The Russian experts will complete the review within the week, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.

The 1,200-ton "Cheonan", with 104 crew members onboard, went down on March 26 off the South Korean island of Baekryeong due to an unexplained explosion. Fourth-six sailors were killed.

South Korea on May 20 released investigation results over the incident, which said that the warship was torpedoed by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The DPRK immediately rejected Seoul's claims, and said it will dispatch inspectors to South Korea to check investigation results. But the proposal was turned down.

The Russian team was dispatched after Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called for all parties to show restraint over the incident.

Source: Xinhua


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